Being a university press sales rep means a lot of hours on the road. When you're driving from Milwaukee to Dayton to Pittsburgh to Ithaca to Buffalo to Cleveland to Chicago and then back to Milwaukee, as our dear friend John Eklund has just done, you're bound to burn through a CD or two (or fifty). To that end, we asked him for a selection of 2008's best and brightest to help you prepare for the next insane road trip in your future.
INSANE ROAD TRIP MUSICAL HIGHLIGHTS, APRIL 2008 EDITION
Erykah Badu - The Healer"
My most obsessively replayed cut from her amazing new album "New Amerykah Part One" - I’m not always sure what she’s talking about but it’s irresistible.
Hawksley Workman - "Piano Blink"
Possibly the perfect pop song, by the criminally under-known (in the US anyway) Canadian singer-songwriter.
The Roches - "No Shoes"
Maggie, Terre and Suzzy are back, and this whimsical ode to being thankful for what you’ve got is in their signature goofball folk vein.
Massive Attack - "Be Thankful for What You’ve Got"
For a somewhat alternative spin on the same sentiment, this one just never gets old.
Istanbul’s Secrets with Sevval Sam & Ufuk - "Yol Turkusu"
A lovely contemporary Turkish pop melody from a fabulous compilation album. I wonder what it’s about?
M.I.A. - "Mango Pickle Down River"
I can’t believe I’m still obsessed with this - the 2007 album of the year in my book.
The Consecos - "Raised by Wolves"
A Toronto quartet that I first heard on the wonderful CBC Radio 3 podcast with Grant Lawrence.
New Order - "Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone remix)"
I pretty much replayed this cut all the way across the Indiana Toll Road- seems like it was written for screaming along in one’s car across boring midwest interstates.
Mavis Staples - "Turn Me Around"
Hard to pick a standout cut, they are all so good. Marching off to freedom land.
Billy Bragg - "Some Days I See the Point"
Achingly beautiful, but probably not the safest road tune because I’m inevitably in tears by the end.
Lovely picks--stay tuned for the next edition ...